An energy-efficient roof saves you money and reduces your carbon footprint. Coincidentally, what makes for an energy-efficient roof is also what makes for a good roof! Other than the materials and workmanship, though, there are many other factors to consider, like ventilation and insulation. Additionally, people have many questions about the role of their roof’s color and other qualities in determining energy efficiency. So, let’s get to work answering those questions!
In theory, a light colored roof would conserve energy better because it would reflect rather than absorb light, heat, and solar radiation, making your home easier to cool in the winter, saving you money. The recommendations issued by the US Department of Energy to lower the temperature of your roof can help take the temperature of a roof that’s as hot as 150°F as far down as 100°F!
However, these steps are only offered to homeowners who live in climates much hotter than Southern New Jersey. It’s actually not recommended to make a cooler roof if you don’t live in hotter climates because it could make your home harder to heat in the winter, which would cost you money and waste energy. So, you can have a dark color if you want!
A black or dark-colored roof will make your home hotter, but Southern New Jersey doesn’t get enough full days of sun to overheat your home or even make a noteworthy difference. So, darker colors are not something to worry about. A well maintained and well-installed roof, HVAC, and properly insulated home and attic will play a much bigger role in how energy-efficient and comfortable your home is.
Lighter colored shingles will decrease the temperature of your roof, but, again, in Southern New Jersey, a light roof is not going to make significant enough of an impact on your roof’s energy efficiency that it should be a consideration. So, if you pick a cool roof color, it should be for aesthetic purposes.
Dollar-for-dollar, an energy-efficient asphalt roof is your best bet. Not all roofing shingles are equal, though. Only asphalt shingles made with granules, like those used by Proven Contracting, provide energy-efficiency. In addition to being the most cost-effective roofing option, asphalt shingles are also great against wind, rain, fire and are a good sound insulator, keeping noise out of your home.
Of course, the quality of your materials won’t mean a thing if they’re poorly installed. Checking reviews, asking for references, and meeting in person are just a few of the steps to identify a good roofing contractor. And if you follow those steps, you’ll discover that Proven Contracting has a great reputation!
Aside from making sure your roof is made of good materials by reputable contractors, making sure your home is properly insulated and ventilated will make your roof more energy-efficient.
Insulating your attic is also one of the improvements you can make to your home that will give you the best return on your investment when it comes time to sell your home. That’s because insulating your attic is very inexpensive!
Otherwise, make sure your gutters are cleared to help prevent ice dams, periodically have your roof inspected, and make sure your roof is clear of debris.
Yes, thanks to advancements in roofing technology, a roof today is more energy-efficient than a roof 20 years ago. Additionally, all the signs that you should replace your roof make your home harder and more expensive to cool, heat, and ventilate. Blown off shingles, granules falling off, leaks, and mold and mildew all potentially make it harder to regulate the temperature and humidity of your home because.
These deficiencies make it possible for moisture, heat, and cold to get into your house, which makes your HVAC work harder. If you’re also neglecting your HVAC, which unfortunately too many people do, it becomes a vicious cycle: the harder your HVAC works, the less efficient it becomes, which in turn can further damage your roof and make it less energy efficient.
No, because with Proven Contracting you always get an energy-efficient roof! We use energy-efficient asphalt shingles with granules, and we install your roof right! And if you’re concerned about how you’re going to pay for your roof, Proven Contracting offers financing.
You want to make sure your attic is properly ventilated since too much heat, and moisture will make your home’s temperature harder and more expensive to regulate and potentially cause you other big problems.
By now, you can tell that moisture in your attic can significantly undermine your roof’s energy efficiency. Sometimes people go long periods of time before even going into their attics, so they might not even know that they have a moisture problem. Outside of poor insulation or a damaged roof, air conditioners and exhaust fans can cause moisture build-up in your attic.
A dehumidifier can help get rid of moisture in your attic, but it won’t solve your problem permanently. Only proper ventilation, insulation, and a good roof can do that.
HVAC stands for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, and by now you may have noticed that your HVAC is an important part of your roof’s energy efficiency. That’s why proper HVAC maintenance and knowing when to replace your HVAC is so important. By keeping your roof the right temperature and humidity from the inside out, your HVAC helps your roof keep your home the right temperature and humidity from the outside in. That adds up to energy efficiency!
Yes, gutters help navigate water and debris away from your roof. So, it’s important to keep them clean and in good condition.
The color of your gutters will have no impact on their effectiveness, so choose whatever color you want!
Yes, you could plant a couple trees in your yard to lower the temperature of your roof, although that’s not necessary in Southern NJ. If you do decide to plant trees for other reasons, like because you like trees, consult with a professional first. You’ll want to know where to plant your trees so that there’s no overhang that could potentially damage your roof with falling limbs or cover your roof with debris that could promote mold and algae growth (keep your outdoor AC unit clean of debris too). You’ll also want to make sure you don’t have tree roots that could damage your foundation, fence, sewer pipes, or underground power lines.
Some believe that because a darker color attracts more sunlight that a dark roof color won’t last as long. Many shingle manufacturers claim that whether your roof has light or dark shingles ultimately makes no difference when it comes to the lifespan of your roof.
Some people do believe that lighter shingles make your house look bigger. However, there are other things you may want to consider when choosing a shingle color.
Darker shingles will hide imperfections in your home better, but if those imperfections are blown off shingles, granules falling off, or mildew and algae growth, then it’s time to get a roof replacement! We wouldn’t recommend getting a second layer of shingles just to cover up the symptoms of a roof in need of replacing. Remember, the best time to replace your roof is before you even notice it’s time to replace your roof!
If you’re into Feng Shui, the Chinese philosophy of arranging your home harmoniously with nature, then a green roof is what you want. Feng Shui practitioners believe a green roof brings you luck and wisdom when life gets challenging. Wood in the front porch, facade, or roof attracts vitality and comfort, making some sort of wood accent a good pairing for a green roof.
If you don’t practice Feng Shui but still want your roof to bring you luck, just take proper care of it, keep an eye on your HVAC, and make sure your home is well ventilated and insulated! You also don’t need luck to pay for a new roof. In fact, you can pay for a new roof with no money at all!
Thanks to Proven Contracting’s craftsmanship and high-quality GAF energy-efficient asphalt shingles and roof material, your roof will save you money and reduce your carbon footprint. So, you won’t have to settle for anything that’s less than the best roof when you work with Proven Contracting! As for your HVAC, ventilation, and insulation, we’ll leave that up to you, although we’ll certainly let you know if things don’t look right!